The Grab Bag (Dec. 17, 2014)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.

Awards Coverage

Oscar Predictions: Round 4 – Golden Globe and SAG Edition

Mullen Pat @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Predictions for the Golden Globe and SAG award nominations.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 2

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: The winners and losers from Precursor Season, Week 2

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Dec. 5-7, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chance of “Wild”


Agyness Deyn – Electricity

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Keeping Room

Jordan M. Smith @

  • Excerpt: Five years after the Michael Caine vehicle Harry Brown hit theaters, director Daniel Barber has returned to the director’s seat with a revisitation to period drama, which he first explored with his Oscar nominated short The Tonto Woman. With The Keeping Room, he, along with Brit Marling, Sam Worthington, Hailee Steinfeld and newcomer Muna Otaru, relive the end of the American Civil War still firmly wrapped in the fraying husks of racism and sexism, yet his tale, penned by first time screenwriter Julia Hart, sees these barriers burned to the ground in a fit of valiantly feminine retaliation.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

After the Ball

Marina Antunes @ Row Three

Ally Was Screaming

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth


Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

The Duke of Burgundy

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

I Put a Hit on You

Marina Antunes @ Row Three

A Most Violent Year

Marina Antunes @ Row Three

Mountain Men

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

What We Do In The Shadows

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth


Destroy All Monsters: I Don’t Want To See A Movie Called SUICIDE SQUAD

Matt Brown @ Twitch Film

Send in the Killer Klowns

Glenn Lovell @

  • Excerpt: Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher” isn’t the first comedian to mine his dark side.

A Treasury of Dumb Quotes About Whitewashed Casting From the People Responsible for ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The setting and story aren’t the only elements of Exodus that are tied firmly to the past, as considerable controversy has brewed around Scott’s old-Hollywood decision to cast this story of Egyptian pharaohs and prophets with a cast roughly as diverse as the industry seats at an Eagles concert. And now, facing a backlash from commentators and social media, the people responsible for the movie are in spin mode, prompting a spectacle surely more entertaining than anything Sir Ridley put on screen.

When Axel Rose: Beverly Hills Cop at 30

Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine

Why Chris Rock’s “Burn Hollywood Burn” Tour is Right On Time

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: What’s exhilarating about Rock’s recent media blitz is that he’s doing, in the loudest possible voice, what Hollywood likes least: making it uncomfortable about itself. It’s an industry that takes pride in making films that attempt to right the wrongs of the past, while ignoring those of the present—and as long as those who work there are okay with doing so, that’s how things will stay.

Reviews of Short Films

Last Days

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: US Animated Short Film Review

A Letter from Fred

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: US Short Documentary Film Review

Other Articles

A Lã e a Neve

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

As Aventuras de Tininho Jackson

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: Hoop Dreams

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

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